The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St. Doors 8:00 pm - Admission: FREE
The Shandrum Céilí Band take their name from the Shandrum parish in North County Cork. The band was in existence from the 1950s through to the 1970s playing for dances and céilithe in all the major halls across North Cork. The current band, that has links to their predecessors, is in high demand across the country and abroad to provide music for dances, concerts and céilithe, much like the old band had in their heyday. The present day band have a line up of young musicians who have all achieved success on the céilí band circuit, winning medals in all the age groups right through to senior level. The power, drive and lift of the band are a salute to the way the old band played whilst having a distinctive sound of their own. The band was formed in December 2014 and played their first engagement in Cois na hAbhna, Ennis, for the annual Christmas Céilí to a capacity attendance.
The band continued to play for dancers in halls across Cork, Limerick and Clare under the guise of The Shandrum Five Counties Céilí Band, culminating in July when they were asked to play three major céilithe at the Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare. They were crowned Senior Céilí Band champions at the 2015 All Ireland Fleadh in Sligo, which was one of the few times a senior céilí band had won the title in their debut year at the competition. The Shandrum also made history by being the third céilí band from Cork ever to win the competition, following the Allow in 2007 and the Awbeg in 2012. Incidentally all three bands come from the Craobh Chrónáin branch of Comhaltas in Freemount, north county Cork.
Since then, the band has performed live on TG4’s Fleadh TV, on the Fleadh gig rigs in Sligo and Ennis for thousands of spectators, at their homecomings in front of their followers, for the Mayor of Cork in Cork City Hall, and on a broadcast of Kieran Hanrahan’s Céilí House. They have had the privilege to be invited to perform at Áras an Uachtaráin for President Michael D. Higgins, his wife Sabina, and members of the Irish Naval Service on St. Patrick’s Day, at Dublin Castle for the Official 1916 State Commemoration, performing for the relatives of the rising, the many dignitaries from across the world, and again for President Higgins and his wife Sabina, and at many music and dancing festivals at home and abroad. They have even gone on to achieve further success in the All Ireland Fleadh Senior Céilí Band competition, but there’s nothing they love more than to play for set dancers and friends at céilithe around the country, like the ones in Cois na hAbhna where they had their very first performance.